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Vote FG No. 1 in European Elections - News - Young Fine Gael

Vote FG No. 1 in European Elections

The Irish public should vote for Fine Gael candidates in the European Parliament elections on June the 5th to ensure that Ireland has the strongest voice possible in the corridors of power in Brussels, according to Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny T.D. who was speaking in Dublin at Fine Gael's launch of their European Election campaign.

He went on to say that with an enlarged European Union of 27 States, a reduced Irish number of MEPs and with our economy in rapid decline, Ireland needs to send our best team and strongest voices possible to represent us in Europe.

Speaking at the launch this morning Enda Kenny said:

"Fine Gael has the best team and strongest voices offering to represent the country in Europe in the European Parliament elections on the 5th June. More than that, Fine Gael is a member of the European People's Party (EPP), which is the largest and most influential group within the European Parliament. This type of access and influence is crucial as we get ready for the most important European Elections ever for this country. With an enlarged European Union and a reduced number of Irish MEPs from 13 to 12 it is of key importance that Fine Gael and our MEPs have the type of access and influence in the corridors of power that no other Party can match.

"That is why I say confidently that Fine Gael offers our country the best team and strongest voice possible in Europe at a time when Ireland needs all the support it can receive to help us get our economy back on track. For that reason I urge people to vote for Gay Mitchell in Dublin; for Colm Burke and Sean Kelly in the South; for Mairéad McGuinness and John Paul Phelan in the East and for Jim Higgins and Joe O'Reilly in the North West. In doing so, you will be choosing Ireland's strongest voices in Europe.

"With a strong and energetic campaign I am hopeful that Fine Gael can repeat its fantastic result of 2004 when we had five MEPs elected out of the thirteen seats on offer. With our level of representation as a country reduced by one to twelve, this would be another remarkable result for the Party. I believe we have the right people to achieve that outcome."

Commenting on the proposed autumn referendum on the Lisbon Treaty Enda Kenny repeated his call for the Government to set a date for that referendum so as to remove the type of doubt that surrounded the ill-fated June vote last year.

"Europe has been vital to Ireland's development as a respected and influential member of the international community. I want a reformed, effective, and democratic Europe to be a key driver of economic recovery and future prosperity.

"This Europe must be given the architecture to serve a population of 500 million people. That's why Fine Gael has and will continue to support the reforms in the Lisbon Treaty and we will lead the campaign for its approval by the Irish people later in the year. To help with the preparations for that vote later this year I repeat my call to the Government to set a date for the vote and remove any lingering doubt about their plans. Indecision and confusion preceded the first vote last June and we don't want to see a repeat this time around."

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